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ANA Annual Conference


Mary Jo Assi
Mary Jo Assi, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FNP-BC, FAAN, Vice President of Nursing Practice and Innovation, American Nurses Association, copresenting Session C512 The Intersection of Staffing and Work Environment: What Leaders Must Know to Succeed

With over thirty-five years of nursing experience, Dr. Assi has worked in many different nursing roles during her career, including as clinical nurse, nurse educator, advanced practice nurse, and nurse executive. Prior to joining American Nurses Association, Dr. Assi worked in an administrative capacity in the roles of director of advanced practice nursing and director of professional practice in both a community-based and an urban academic medical center. She led multiple initiatives to develop advanced practice registered nurse roles and services. Dr. Assi will be inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in October 2016.

Jennifer L. Bartlett Jennifer L. Bartlett, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, CHSE Assistant Professor, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University, copresenting Ethics Preconference Session PC003, Strengthening Ethical Principles in Everyday Nursing Practice

Dr. Bartlett has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the subject of nursing ethics and participates in the biannual National Nursing Ethics Conference as a planning committee member. She completed a two-year program in clinical ethics consultation at Bon Secours Richmond and served on their ethics committee. Dr. Bartlett has a global perspective that she gained through her experience as a simulation consultant in the Middle East (Oman), where she developed simulation training tailored to meet the needs of that faculty. Dr. Bartlett has extensive experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of simulation across the nursing continuum, and she is a certified health care simulation educator.

Carol Boston-Fleischhauer Carol Boston-Fleischhauer, JD, MS, BSN, Managing Director and Chief Nursing Officer at The Advisory Board Company, presenting General Session G402, Care Across the Continuum: New Nursing Roles

Ms. Boston-Fleischhauer serves as a global spokesperson for the advisory board and presents its research to member organizations throughout the United States and abroad. She has over thirty years of progressive health care experience in patient care practice, operations, management, education, and consultation in academic medical centers, community hospitals and clinics, multihospital organizations, and integrated health care systems. She holds a clinical assistant professor appointment at the University of Washington, with curricular responsibilities for graduate-level health care students. She is active in various professional and community-based organizations.

Holly Carpenter Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN, Policy Associate, American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Nursing Practice and Work Environment, copresenting Session C412, Workplace Culture

Ms. Carpenter’s responsibilities at ANA include Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ initiatives such as the HealthyNurse® health risk appraisal, resources, and continuing education programs, as well as supporting multiple occupational health and work environment issues. Prior to her work with ANA, she was employed at the Maryland Nurses Association and the state of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. A registered nurse for over twenty-five years, Ms. Carpenter graduated from Salisbury University with a bachelor of science in nursing.

Donna M. Casey Donna M. Casey, MA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, FABC, Vice President Patient Care Services and Cochair, Ethics Committee at Christiana Care Health System, copresenting Ethics Preconference Session PC001, How Can Nurses Contribute to a Culture of Ethical Practice?

Ms. Casey is a nationally recognized leader in clinical biomedical ethics. She was instrumental in leading Christiana Care Health System to develop a shared decision-making culture and continues to lead the evolution to interdisciplinary value improvement. She is a leader in the adoption of patient- and family-centered care best practices. Ms. Casey partnered with teams to establish eCare telemedicine, the rapid response team, and the intensive care unit admission team. She has served in multiple regional and national offices, including as secretary for the Delaware Organization of Nurse Leaders and as secretary, vice president, and president of the nursing affinity group of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.

Pamela Cipriano Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, President, American Nurses Association, copresenting the opening keynote session, Health Care Innovation: Shifting Decision Making to Consumers

Dr. Pamela Cipriano is the 35th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation’s largest nurses organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses. A distinguished nursing leader, Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers. In 2016, she was named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine for the second year in a row. In 2015, the publication also named her as one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.” Prior to becoming ANA president, Dr. Cipriano was senior director for health care management at Galloway Consulting. She has served in faculty and leadership positions at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 2000 and currently holds a faculty appointment as research associate professor at the UVA School of Nursing. She is nationally known as a strong advocate for health care quality and has served on a number of boards and committees for high-profile organizations.

Jaime Murphy Dawson Jaime Murphy Dawson, MPH, Program Director, American Nurses Association, Department of Nursing Practice and Work Environment, presenting Session C405, Healthy Nurse/Healthy Nation

Ms. Dawson’s past programmatic work at ANA includes occupational safety and health topics, such as safe patient handling and mobility, health care worker vaccination, violence prevention, and sharps safety. She attended George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and earned a master of public health degree with a focus on environmental and occupational health.

Christina Dempsey Christina Dempsey, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR, CENP, Chief Nursing Officer, Press Ganey, copresenting Session C512, The Intersection of Staffing and Work Environment: What Leaders Must Know to Succeed

Ms. Dempsey has been chief nursing officer at Press Ganey since 2009. She is responsible for providing clinical guidance to help clients transform the patient experience and leads her team in efforts to reduce patient suffering and develop compassionate and connected care across the continuum. She has over three decades of health care experience in nursing, perioperative and emergency services management, medical practice, supply chain and materials management, and physician-hospital collaboration. Ms. Dempsey has also been a faculty member of the department of nursing at a large university since 2008. In her career, she has held numerous leadership and performance-improvement roles. She is a member and board member of many organizations and regularly speaks nationally and internationally.

Cole Edmonson Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, copresenting Session C412, Workplace Culture

Dr. Edmonson has a career spanning two decades, with roles including clinical nurse, supervisor, manager, director, associate chief nursing office, and his current position of chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He is a contributor to the literature in the areas of leadership, succession planning, research, moral courage, nurse bullying, culture building, and Magnet. He is the creator of www.stopbullyingnurses.com and co-creator of www.stopbullyingtoolkit.org that provides a comprehensive site and links to resources, blogs, stories of both bullying and heroes, and campaigns for an end to this problem in nursing and health care.

Harleah Graham Buck Harleah Graham Buck, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAAN, copresenting Session C416, Palliative and Hospice Nursing (Professional Issues Panel Call to Action)

Harleah Graham Buck, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAAN has over 30 years experience in cardiovascular nursing. She most recently co-chaired the joint ANA/HPNA Palliative and Hospice Nursing Professional Issues Panel. Her national and international contributions involve palliative care practice and research for older adults with heart failure. She stands in a unique position at the nexus of palliative, geriatric, and cardiovascular nursing - contributing to international palliative care essential practices; leading funded interprofessional initiatives to improve rural geriatric care using distance technology; conducting cutting edge dyadic symptom management research; authoring multiple impactful papers advocating earlier referral to palliative care for heart failure and presenting on palliative care topics in heart failure venues resulting in a national discussion of heart failure patients as a palliative care population. Dr. Buck’s contributions to nursing have been acknowledged with multiple honors and awards as well as invitations to present on palliative care topics in national webinars and scientific sessions.

Harry Greenspun Harry Greenspun, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Managing Director, KF Health Solutions, copresenting the opening keynote session, Health Care Innovation: Shifting Decision Making to Consumers

Dr. Greenspun supports clients—including providers, payers, investors, government agencies, retailers, and life sciences and technology companies—globally across the spectrum of the health care industry. Recognized as a thought leader in the industry, he is the coauthor of Reengineering Health Care: A Manifesto for Radically Rethinking Health Care Delivery and was recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare. Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Dr. Greenspun was the managing director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. He previously served as the chief medical officer for Dell Inc. and for Northrop Grumman Corporation. Dr. Greenspun is an adviser and frequent speaker on issues related to health care transformation, physician leadership, innovation, and technology adoption.

 Patience Harris Patience Harris, BSN, RN, Senior Pathway RN Specialist, American Nurses Credentialing Center, copresenting Session C502, Highly Reliable Organizations

Patience Harris, BSN, RN is the Senior RN Specialist of the Pathway to Excellence® and Pathway to Excellence - Long Term Care® programs. As the program liaison, Patience provides programmatic guidance for domestic and international healthcare organizations across the continuum of care. She brings vast experience in the creation and maintenance of positive practice environments, and expertise in quality improvement strategies, staff engagement, collaborative practice, and evidence based practice. Patience is passionate about supporting organizations to create the best place for their nurses to work, and the powerful impact nurses can make everywhere.

 Thomas Kester W. Thomas Kester, MSN, RN,CNOR, copresenting Session C502, Highly Reliable Organizations

Thomas Kester is the CNO/COO of Broward Health Imperial Point, a Pathway to Excellence Organization. He has over 30 years of experience in the nursing profession with a 15 year focus in management and leadership. He obtained his BSN degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his MSN degree from the University of Phoenix. He is currently working on his DNP in leadership from Chamberlain College of Nursing. He believes strongly in a nursing practice environment that focuses on patient-centered care, relationship-based care, shared governance, and care processes that are evidence-based. Broward Health Imperial Point received their first PTE designation in 2014 and will be seeking re-designation in 2017.

 Kathleen Matson Kathleen Matson, MHA, MSN, Nurse Administrator for Nursing Resources, Mayo Clinic, copresenting Staffing Preconference Session PC002, Utilizing Tools and Technology to Improve Your Staffing

Ms. Matson has over forty years of hospital experience, with at least twenty-five of those years spent in different nursing administration roles. She is an assistant professor of nursing with the Mayo College of Medicine and adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University colleges of Nursing and Health Sciences. Ms. Matson is a board-certified nurse executive and is currently a candidate for a doctoral degree in health administration from the University of Phoenix.

Jaishree Patel Jaishree Patel, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM), copresenting Ethics Preconference Session PC003, Strengthening Ethical Principles in Everyday Nursing Practice

Dr. Patel’s prior experience includes working as a hospital pharmacist, nursing home pharmacy coordinator, clinical pharmacy coordinator, Joint Commission coordinator, home infusion pharmacist, and pharmacy student preceptor. She teaches medical students about treatments and arising issues in the field of pharmacology, emphasizing professionalism, medical jurisprudence, end-of-life care, medical ethics, literature review, health care disparity, child abuse, and a variety of other important topics that are increasingly impactful in the medical field. Dr. Patel’s latest initiative involves hospice education and training for ACOM students throughout the four-year curriculum.

Nancy J. Robert Nancy J. Robert, PhD, MBA, BSN, Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Marketing Officer, American Nurses Association, presenting Preconference Session PC004, Nursing and Big Data

Dr. Robert is a recognized leader in health care product development and management, marketing, and information technology. She currently serves as chief product and marketing officer for American Nurses Association (ANA), where she leads the design and implementation of business development, marketing, product management, product development, and technology initiatives required to deliver innovative education and credentialing products in a digital world. Her IT skills were instrumental in the design of American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) patented system and method for assembling and analyzing a candidate application for a credential—an innovative software application that streamlines the credentialing approval process. She is a sought-after lecturer at and participant in health care conferences nationwide.

Cynda Rushton Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, Founding Member, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, copresenting Ethics Preconference Session PC001, How Can Nurses Contribute to a Culture of Ethical Practice?

Dr. Rushton is an internationally recognized leader in nursing ethics; her seminal work on nurse suffering and moral distress was selected for inclusion in the U.S. Nursing Ethics History project with that of twenty-five other leading nurse ethicists. Her scholarship in clinical ethics focuses on moral distress and suffering of clinicians, the ethical issues in family-centered care, pediatric palliative care, advance-care planning for children, and conceptual foundations of integrity, respect, trust, and compassion.

 Diane J. Skiba Diane J. Skiba, PhD, FACMI, ANEF, FAAN, Professor and Health Care Informatics Specialty Director, University of Colorado College of Nursing, copresenting Session C422, ANA Policy Panel: Informatics

Over her career, Dr. Skiba has managed numerous grants to prepare the nursing workforce, including a university-based training grant ($2.6 million) funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to prepare health care professionals for highly specialized health IT roles. She recently completed a Health Resources and Services Administration grant that incorporates the use of electronic health records, telehealth, and virtual simulations to prepare advanced practice nurses and pharmacists for interprofessional care. She is the editor for emerging technologies for the journal Nursing Education Perspectives. Dr. Skiba is a fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics and an honorary fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Academy of Nursing Education. She is the chair of the International Medical Informatics Association’s Nursing Informatics Working Group.

Jonathan D. Stewart Jonathan D. Stewart, JD, MS, RN, CPHRM, Director of Risk Management and Patient Safety, BETA Healthcare Group, copresenting Ethics Preconference Session PC001, How Can Nurses Contribute to a Culture of Ethical Practice?

Mr. Stewart is a consultant to hospitals, health care facilities, and medical groups on all aspects of preventing and responding to medical injuries. His interest in the ethical sequelae of adverse events arose from his work as a risk manager; he now helps organizations cultivate Just Culture and manage patient harm events respectfully. Mr. Stewart is the thirty-fifth president of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys and a member of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section’s Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals Task Force.

Carol Taylor Carol Taylor, PhD, RN, Senior Clinical Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, and Professor of Medicine and Nursing, copresenting Ethics Preconference Session PC003, Strengthening Ethical Principles in Everyday Nursing Practice

Experienced in caring for patients who are chronically and critically ill and their families, Dr. Taylor chose doctoral work in philosophy with a concentration in bioethics because of a passion to “make health care work” for those who need it. At Georgetown University, she directs an innovative ethics curriculum grounded in a rich notion of moral agency for advanced practice nurses. She teaches in the undergraduate nursing curriculum, directs a practicum in clinical ethics for graduate students in the philosophy program, serves on the ethics committee, conducts ethics rounds and ethics case presentations, and develops professional seminars in clinical ethics for health care professionals and the public. Her research interests include clinical and professional ethics and organizational integrity.

Ed Tori Ed Tori, DO, FACP, CH, Associate Director, MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) and Director, MedStar’s Center for Health Influence & Engagement (M12), presenting General Session G401, Shifting the Culture

Dr. Tori is responsible for catalyzing an innovation culture at MedStar Health through the strategic nurturing of virtual (web, mobile, social media), public (innovation-in-residence, public speaking, seminars, workshops), and interpersonal (one-on-one connections, rapport building, persuasion, influence) relationships. He teaches physicians, nurses, midlevel staff, executives, leaders, and associates the sciences of influence, rapport, and engagement for mindfulness, better communication, and improved care delivery.

Jeff Vankooten Jeff Vankooten, presenting Closing Session G403, Building Resilience: Bounce Back and Thrive

Mr. Vankooten is an entertaining and thought-provoking speaker who engages and teaches audiences and readers the value of embracing change as a transformative ally. He provides key insights into our cultural moment and the essential abilities needed so everyone can collaborate, communicate, imagine, and adapt. He has over fifteen years’ experience speaking from the platform and has keynoted events for a wide variety of audiences ranging in size from twenty to 2,500. He has been described as a “crazily gifted communicator,” “intriguing,” “hilarious,” and “the best of the best” by the audiences he has encountered. He has a HUGE passion for caregivers. Mr. Vankooten is adjunct faculty for the Institute for Life & Care, senior facilitator for The Caring Project, and founder of Hospice Heroes.

Kristen Vinet Kristen Vinet, MAM, BS, Senior Financial Analyst, Mayo Clinic (Arizona), copresenting Staffing Preconference Session PC002, Utilizing Tools and Technology to Improve Your Staffing

Ms. Vinet has over twenty-five years of hospital experience, with at least eighteen of those years spent in different finance roles at Mayo Clinic. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a masters in management.